Archive | November 2012

Not for Doc’s eyes

I love this time of year! I love the music, movies, decorations, buying gifts, giving gifts, wrapping gifts, parties, baking, and all the different traditions. As I’m writing this I have my fully decorated, lit Christmas tree next to me with a Christmas scented candle burning and Christmas movie in the background. I feel like I need to make a cup of coco to complete this holiday picture, but enough of that.

I got a package in the mail today that I have been waiting forever for. My boyfriend Doc is terrible about updating his amazon wish list, which is an amazing tool if you add their “add from any site” wishlist tool bar, and couldn’t find anything decent on it. So, I told him it’s his fault if he doesn’t like his gift though I think that I found something on Sephora that most men, at least ones that grow facial hair, would appreciate.

It’s called the Finest Shave kit and comes with seven decently sized samples of highly rated products. The package is quite manly with a leather case looking box (I do wish they would have left off all the Sephora branding). The products come in a sturdy slide out drawer and the back of the box flips open. When you open in it they have a white sealed envelope that has the product booklet and certificate, which you can apparently turn it in for favorite  full sized product from the kit. I do not want to open the envelope, but I do hope the certificated either doesn’t have an expiration date or that you have a year to turn it in. Just because I know Doc is, as many men are, growing in his winter beard. So I know most of the products won’t get fully tested for a while.

I felt you got a lot with the kit and it cost $25.00 and was considered a $65.00 value. What I also did was made one of my free samples another shaving item. That day they had Jack Black – Supreme Triple cushion shave lather available, so I snapped that up.

Products in no particular order
1. Anthony Logistics for Men – advanced formula lip balm SPF 25 3.5 g/ 0.25oz
2. The Art of Shaving – shave cream sandalwood 30 ml/1 fl oz
3. Lab Series Skincare for Men – maximum comfort shave cream 30 ml/1 fl oz
4. Anthony Logistics for Men – shave cream 59 ml/2 fl 0z
5. Clinique Skin Series for Men – face scrub 15 ml/ 0.5 fl oz
6. Jack Black – beard lube conditioning shave 30 ml/ 1 fl oz
7. Shaveworks – the cool fix 29 ml/ 1 fl oz

I was a very naughty girl and bought myself a rather large item. I’m terrible at buying myself gifts when I’m shopping for others! Little Miss Cora talked me into the Tarte holiday set. Not really but I loved her review of it, which is surprising that it excited me because I felt the few products I’ve gotten from them were terrible. (I’ll go into that some other time since this will be a long blog on its own) I can already tell that I love the packaging and I think it’ll make a great carrying case when I travel. There are tons of great reviews and pictures so I don’t really feel the need to do a review since so many have. But if you’re interested in hearing my opinion I’ll share. Of course I’ll do a review if I feel what I have to share is very different from other reviews.

Oh and you may have noticed I changed my name and will try to talk about that in the next blog I made.

Thank you for your time!

Bzzagent

I feel like I’d waste my breath if I apologized for being gone for so long. I’m sure it’ll happen again. I go through periods where I don’t really have anything interesting to blog about. Or when I do I just don’t have the time to sit down and type it out and take pictures. I go to school full time and work, so I really only have one day off a week and that is usually filled with errands, chores, or spending time with my man. That one day off definitely doesn’t feel like enough to get everything done. So anyway I’ve been building up some interesting topics I wanted to talk about that range from reviews on website like hautelook and justfab to product reviews. I even thought about doing posts revolving around pinterest, which is a site I’ve become mucho obsessed with.

This time, however, I’d like to talk about this interesting new site called bzz that I heard about from Auttyw. On the site you fill out surveys and they try to match you up with certain campaigns. For instance since I have a Keurig (that I awesomely won at a cancer charity bowl called Boobie Bowl….great name, huh?) I was able to try a new product from Green Mountain Coffee. It’s called the wellness collection and has an antioxidant blend that includes vitamin C and E and a focus blend that includes 50mg of L-Theanine. I was super excited to finally get invited on a campaign and eagerly jumped at it, but then worried about having to give it a bad review. I’ve had this Keurig since April and haven’t been able to find a coffee that I actually like. I’ve even tried Green Mountain and didn’t like it. I’ve found plenty of tea! But with coffee it always came out lukewarm and quite bitter. I almost wish there was a temperature setting but at least on my model there isn’t one.

Product description
Antioxidant blend
A healthy choice doesn’t have to be a hard decision between what’s good, and what’s good for you. Your coffee can be both deeply satisfying and a good source of antioxidant vitamins C and E in every 8FL. Oz serving.

Focus blend
….is a rich well-balanced brew with 50mg of L-Theanine in every 8fl, oz serving. It’s an inspirational blend that zeros in on the things that matter most.

I cautiously tried the focus blend first since I’ve been having a real hard time focusing on my school work, which I wasn’t happy about. So, I popped in a focus blend and was extremely shocked at what happened next. It came out extremely warm and had a nice strong scent that bought back childhood memories of when my dad used to make his coffee and let me have a sip, which is probably not one of the best things you can get a child hooked on. I took a sip and was so happy with the taste I could believe it. I really have spent quite a bit and tried so many different brands and tried adding so many different things to get the coffee to taste good. I only added my normal non-dairy creamer and sugar and it was just fine. Now did this give me extra focus? I would say that I felt more alert and focused while drinking it, but I do notice that drinking coffee in general gives me that alert feeling because of the caffeine. I do know that I’ll definitely buy it again just because it’s the first coffee to taste soooo good.

Now the antioxidant really didn’t taste good to me. It wasn’t just that it had a slight bitter taste but I felt that the taste overall seemed a little off. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the L-theamine or not, but it’s one I probably won’t buy unless it comes packaged with the focus blend. Though I will try it again since I did use a different milk product that is new to me.

I loved the package I received from bzzagent. They really sent a lot of product which I liked because I was able to try it a few times and get a feel for it. I got three boxes and they had two of the focus blend and the antioxidant blend with tons of coupons. Each box came with a $3 off coupon plus they threw in four additional coupons. I don’t even need to use up all three boxes to decide that this is definitely a great product. So, if anyone is interested in trying it out I would be willing to send out one box along with additional coupons. ** Coupons are valid on Green Mountain Coffee’s website only!** Now you can only use this if you have a keurig that uses K cups. If anyone is interested I’ll take the first person to request it. If I don’t hear from anyone in a few weeks I’ll just finish drinking it myself =D

Interested in checking out bzzagent for yourself? Follow the link or do a google search for it. If you have any questions feel free to ask =D I will probably do a post about the entire bzzagent website.

https://www.bzzagent.com